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PlantFiles: Fritillary, Fox's Grape
Fritillaria uva-vulpis

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fritillaria (frit-il-AR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: uva-vulpis (OO-vuh VUL-pis) (Info)

Synonym:Fritillaria assyriaca

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive briebrie On Mar 29, 2009, briebrie from Old Fort, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This flower is a subtle yet bright reminder that winter is over. They do really well here in my zone 7b garden and bloom at the same time every year around March 25, like clockwork.

Positive amethystsm On Nov 29, 2007, amethystsm from belleville, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

i loved these, but planted them in an easy to overlook spot last year. i don't know if they'll come back or not, but i finally found some more and planted them along a wall, where they will be about waist-high, and more visible.
They look like flowers Ert would draw.

Positive ineedacupoftea On Oct 16, 2005, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

One, two, or rarely three little pendant flowers. can multiply +40% each year by seed and bulblets. Will take summer moisture if it dries out well between waterings

It is a great plant for the subtle garden: one of those "Oh-I-didn't-see-that-there-the-first-time" kind of plants. A treat for the careful and appreciative. Definately adds some interest to the drabness of the Xeric craze.

Positive smiln32 On Apr 1, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Fantastic flowers. Pendulous and gorgeous - always an attention-getter. They come up in March here in OKC's zone 7. Also naturalize very well.

Positive jhyshark On Jun 23, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Zone 5a at most here, and these have been very happy. Year 3 now, they have made little bulblets by the handful, so next year the space should be more filled instead of 7 lonely stems.

Positive hexxie On May 20, 2004, hexxie from Montreal

I planted these in my zone 5b garden last fall and crossed my fingers. I was delighted to see that almost all of the bulbs I planted came up by early May. They are just so pretty and everyone is very curious about them.

Neutral Baa On Mar 28, 2002, Baa wrote:

Small perennial bulb from Turkey, Iran and Iraq.

Has lanceolate, mid green slim leaves. Beads one or two pendant, dusky/deep purple, bell shaped flowers marked yellow inside the petals.

Flowers April-May

Needs a sharply drained, fertile soil in full sun. Hates being wet, especially in summer dormancy so keep almost completely dry during this time.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clifton, Colorado
New Haven, Connecticut
Stratford, Connecticut
Coeur D Alene, Idaho
Plainfield, Illinois
Royal Oak, Michigan
Scottville, Michigan
Old Fort, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Austin, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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